Blacker, Carmen

Carmen Blacker (13 July 1924 – 13 July 2009) – Formerly professor of Japanese in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Cambridge, Blacker has carried out extensive research on religious practices and folklore, including shamanism, mountain asceticism, and animal witchcraft in Japan. Her publications, especially The Catalpa Bow: A Study of Shamanistic Practices in Japan (1999), remain central texts in the study of Japanese religions but may not have received the attention they deserve in the wider, more comparative study of shamanism.


Historical Dictionary of Shamanism by Graham Harvey and Robert J. Wallis 2007


Related Articles

Blain, Jenny

Blain, Jenny (1949– ) – Senior lecturer in applied social sciences in the Faculty of Development and Society at Sheffield Hallam University, where she leads…

Noel, Daniel C.

Noel, Daniel C. (1936–2002) – A scholar of the psychology of religion and myth (particularly Celtic and Native American), religion and the arts, and Jungian…

Winkelman, Michael

Winkelman, Michael – Professor in anthropology at Arizona State University, former president of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness, and founder of the Anthropology…